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The article below describes how I replaced the rear anti roll bar drop links on my Audi S2 Coupe.

No responsisbilty is accepted for anyone attempting this procedure by following the steps contained in these pages. This is intended as a guide only and all usual precautions should be heeded when attempting work on a motor vehicle. I cannot be held responsible for any damage sustained as a result of using these pages.

Replacement parts needed are as follows:

1. Replacement drop links 895 505 389
2. Replacement locknuts for drop link to anti roll bar x 2 [N 021 195 5]
3. Replacement bolt / nut for drop link to strut x 2 [N040 301 5, N011 184 9]

Tools needed are as follows:

1. 17 mm spanner
16 mm spanner (open ended)
2. 13mm spanner + 13mm socket with ratchet
3. Wishbone bush removal tools


Remove the alloy centre cap, loosen the bolts on
the road wheel,and jack the car up.
Secure the car on an axle stand and remove the 5 bolts
securing the wheel. Remove the wheel and place to
one side.





The drop link is secured to the anti roll bar
by means of a (hidden from view) self locking
17mm nut (arrowed).


Use a 16mm open ended spanner across the
flats of the drop link. While holding this
secure, undo the 17mm nut with another spanner.
The wishbone prevents the use of a socket /
ratchet combination. It is likely this nut
will be extremely difficult to remove. I used
the driveshaft as a brace for the 16mm spanner
while turning the 17mm.



The top bush is secured by a nut / bolt combination.
These are both 13mm in size and are much easier to
remove. The nut and bolt should be replaced.

When refitting the new drop link, place a jack under
the brake disc to raise the strut slightly. This allows
the drop link to be tightened with no load on the
anti-roll bar.


DescriptionTightening Torque
Top nut / bolt25 Nm
Bottom bush nut45 Nm
Wheel Bolt 110 Nm